It was almost 6 years ago. I’m not sure of the exact date; but it was January 2011. I remember standing in front of my congregation, telling them that I was done being unhealthy. I told them that I was going to lose weight. I was tired of how I was feeling and I was finally ready to do something about.
So there it was. It was out. I was exposed. I was constantly embarrassed of how I looked; and admitting it in front of my church certainly didn’t help. But I was ready. And I felt some freedom just admitting it.
Here’s a mug shot of me at almost 320 pounds. Trapped inside a body that I didn’t want. BTW – if you’ve only met me since then and wondered if I ever had hair, there you go.
Fast forward to August of that same year. It was the first few days of the month and we were away at Bible Camp. I have a specific memory that I was so proud of. Many of the staff and counselors were sitting around talking and my weight loss journey came up. Joe, a really kind and gracious man, was bragging on me to someone and asked how much weight I had lost up to that point. I remember proudly sharing that I had lost 75 pounds. So in just over 6.5 months I had lost 75 pounds. If my math is correct that meant I was at 245. Not bad, if I say so myself.
I went on to lose another 25 pounds and got down to just about 220. I looked good at 220. I was really happy with how I looked. I’m fuzzy on all the dates. But I think I stayed there for a while. And at some point that summer I had started lifting weights. So that REALLY started to help how I was feeling about myself and how I looked.
That’s where this story begins. I appreciate that you’re taking the time to read my posts. I initially decided to write this just for myself. But, I realized that it’s possible that someone could be encouraged by my journey. So if that’s you – then terrific! Give me a call or drop me a note. I would love to talk, share notes and encourage one another.
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